School of Humanities and Sciences

Theater Arts Courses

Course Numbering System

Theater arts course numbers incorporate the following system for the digits after the prefix (THPA):

The first digit indicates level:

    1 = Freshman

    2 = Freshman and sophomore

    3 = Sophomore and junior

    4 = Senior

The second digit indicates the area of study:

    0 = Technical theater

    1 = Lighting and scene design

    2 = Costume, makeup

    3 = Acting: general

    4 = Acting: voice and movement (for acting and musical theater majors only)

    5 = Dance

    6 = History, theory, playwriting

    7 = Directing, ensemble programs

    8 = Theater management

    9 = Independent work (Only one enrollment per semester is permitted in any type of independent work.)

Note: A dash between course numbers means courses must be taken sequentially.

THPA 10000 - Theater Production NLA
THPA 10001 - Theater Production NLA

Laboratory participation in production crew activities of the department. Students receive credit for assignments in technical theater (scenery, costume, lighting, sound, and stage management). Evaluation by the faculty member in charge is based on degree of professional attitude, activity, and performance. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

THPA 10100 - Basic Theater Technology NLA

The basic course in theater technology for majors in technical production or design. Includes the engineering, construction, and operation of stage equipment and theater scenery, and presents a survey of other related technical aspects of theater. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the B.F.A. theatrical production arts major. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 10200 - Stagecraft NLA

Introduction to all phases of physical production dealing with the stage, house, backstage personnel and their duties, construction and painting of scenery, stage lighting, and special effects. Corequisites: THPA 10000. 2 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 10400 - Drafting for the Stage NLA

A practical course in drafting: the use of drafting tools, shop drawings, blueprint reading, execution of ground plans, sections and elevations. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 11200 - Introduction to Theatrical Design FA LA

An introduction to the theories and methodologies of theatrical design, including the areas of scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design. This course focuses on the analysis, interpretation, and visualization and auralization of dramatic work. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 11500 - Basic Lighting and Sound Technology NLA

A basic course in theater lighting and sound technology. The course covers basic electrical principles, use and repair of theater equipment, troubleshooting, and the responsibilities and duties of a theatrical master electrician and sound engineer. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 13000 - Rehearsal and Performance NLA

Laboratory participation in rehearsal and performance of a major departmental production. Students receive credit for assignments in acting or musical performance. Music students must enroll in MUMC 14000. Evaluated by the faculty member in charge of the designated areas of specialization. Evaluation is based on degree of professional attitude and quality of performance. May be taken for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisites: Appropriate academic and performance courses relative to the student's activity and/or successful audition for assignment to the major production. 0-2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 13100 - Acting I 3B FA LA

Introduction to the art of acting, with an emphasis placed on acting technique and study of scenes and/or monologues. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 13200 - Acting II 3B FA LA

Continued exploration of acting technique and study of scenes and/or monologues, as begun in THPA 13100. Prerequisites: THPA 13100. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 13900 - Introduction to Musical Theater Performance NLA

Introduction, exploration, and integration of basic musical and theater performance skills through the selection, analysis, rehearsal, and presentation of scenes from musicals. Not open to B.F.A. musical theater majors; admission by audition. 3 credits. (IRR)

THPA 14100 - Scene Study NLA

Intensive work in the fundamental processes of preparing a role, including self-knowledge, textual analysis, and performance of scenes. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 14300. 2 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 14200 - Scene Study NLA

Intensive work in the fundamental processes of preparing a role, including self-knowledge, textual analysis, and performance of scenes. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 14400. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 14300 - Voice and Movement for the Stage NLA

Laboratory in concentration and self-awareness through physical awareness, control, and flexibility -- the dynamics necessary for the creation of a strong voice and stage presence. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 14100. 2 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 14400 - Voice and Movement for the Stage NLA

Laboratory in concentration and self-awareness through physical awareness, control, and flexibility -- the dynamics necessary for the creation of a strong voice and stage presence. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 14200. 2 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 15000 - Introduction to Dance 3B FA LA

Survey of the varied forms and styles of theatrical dance. Lecture, discussion, and film viewing provide a fundamental understanding of the development of dance forms and a foundation for evaluation and criticism of dance performance. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 15100 - Jazz Dance I FA LA
THPA 15200 - Jazz Dance I FA LA

Introductory analysis and practice of jazz dance for theater performance. Students develop an understanding of fundamental jazz movement principles. Prerequisites: One year of modern dance or ballet. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

THPA 15300 - Ballet I FA LA
THPA 15400 - Ballet I FA LA

Basic ballet technique and terminology. Development of body awareness, elasticity, and rhythmic sense. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

THPA 15500 - Modern Dance I FA LA
THPA 15600 - Modern Dance I FA LA

Introductory course for the student with little or no previous dance experience. Designed to develop an appreciation for the art form and a proficiency in beginning modern dance techniques. Emphasis is placed on expressive body movement, warm-up exercises, and basic principles of form and improvisation. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

THPA 15700 - Tap Dance I FA LA
THPA 15800 - Tap Dance I FA LA

Beginning-level course in tap dance techniques and terminology with an introduction to tap dance history in stage and film. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

THPA 16000 - Introduction to the Theater 3B FA LA

Survey of theater practices and principles in the various aspects of theatrical production. Examination of how plays are constructed, using examples from different eras of the world theater. Occasional guest speakers. Required attendance at selected productions. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 16100 - Script Analysis for the Theater 3A 3B FA G H LA

Close examination of the play script/libretto as the basic element in theater. The course includes study of the script/libretto as the diagram for theatrical production. Students will read texts from classics and contemporary theater, engage in class discussions, and write analyses of required scripts/librettos. Prerequisites: Theater arts major. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 18000 - Theater Management Practicum NLA

Laboratory participation in management activities for the department. Evaluation by the faculty member in charge is based on the degree of professional attitude, activity, and performance. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits, variable. (F-S,Y)

THPA 20000 - Advanced Theatrical Production NLA

Crew supervision or advanced design assignment for the department. Students receive credit for advanced production assignments in theater (scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, or stage management). Evaluation by the faculty member in charge is based on the degree of professional attitude, activity, and performance. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; sophomore standing or above. 1-3 credits variable, depending upon assignment. (F-S,Y)

THPA 20100 - Advanced Techniques of Stagecraft NLA

Study of special stage and scenic devices and the use of modern materials, techniques, and technical specifications for both commercial and noncommercial theater. Prerequisites: THPA 10000; THPA 10100 or THPA 10200; THPA 10400. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 20400 - Computer Aided Drafting for the Theater NLA

Computer-aided drafting for the theater involving electronic manipulation of lines, drawings, and symbols to convey visual ideas for construction and layout using AutoCAD software. Emphasis is placed on the aesthetic application of the computer as a drafting tool for theatrical design. Prerequisites: THPA 10400; THPA 11200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 21100 - Design Presentation Techniques NLA

An introductory course exploring design presentation techniques, including sketching, drawing, painting, and model making. Prerequisites: THPA 10400; THPA 11200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 21200 - Scene Painting NLA

Materials and methods of painting scenery; explores techniques from simple application of various paints to finished theatrical backgrounds. Prerequisites: THPA 11200. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 21500 - Lighting Design FA LA

An examination and exploration of the aesthetics of lighting design, from script analysis and interpretation to execution of the design process. Research, composition, color, etc., will be used to refine and present design ideas. Prerequisites: THPA 10400, THPA 11200, and THPA 11500, or equivalent experience; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 21700 - Scene Design FA LA

Analysis and interpretation of dramatic works in the form of design for the visual environment. Script analysis, research, conceptualization, model making, drawing, etc., are used to refine and present design ideas. Prerequisites: THPA 10400; THPA 11200; THPA 21100 (may be taken concurrently). 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 22000 - Theatrical Makeup NLA

Study of materials and principles governing the application of theatrical makeup. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

THPA 22100 - Costume Construction NLA

Introduction to the tools, supplies, and techniques of costume construction with an emphasis placed on developing basic skills. 3 credits. (F,O; S,Y)

THPA 22400 - Costume Design FA LA

The analysis and interpretation of dramatic works in the milieu of costume design. Script analysis, character analysis, research, composition, etc., are combined to present and refine the design ideas. Prerequisites: THPA 11200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 22700 - Introduction to Puppetry FA LA

An introduction to the art of puppetry, this course examines the history of puppetry as well as the similarities and differences between puppets from various cultures. The students will research, design, create, and manipulate puppets. The course includes performance techniques. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or completion of a level-2 course in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (IRR)

THPA 23100 - Acting III FA LA

Intensive examination of the practical aspects of acting. Application of techniques of personalization, plot objectives, and characterization; presentation of monologues and duet scenes. Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in THPA 13200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 23200 - Acting IV FA LA

Continued intensive examination of the practical aspects of acting. Application of techniques of personalization, plot objectives, and characterization; presentation of monologues and duet scenes. Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in THPA 23100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 23400 - Introduction to British Styles of Acting FA LA

Introductory survey of the considerations necessary for understanding and performing scenes from British drama of the Shakespearean, high comedy, and contemporary styles. Not open to acting majors. Offered only at the London Center. Prerequisites: THPA 13200 or equivalent. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 24100 - Scene Study NLA

Intensive work in building a character through rehearsal techniques and performance of scenes. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 24300 and THPA 24500. Prerequisites: THPA 14100. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 24200 - Scene Study NLA

Intensive work in building a character through rehearsal techniques and performance of scenes. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 24400 and THPA 24600. Prerequisites: THPA 14200. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 24300 - Voice and Speech for the Stage NLA

Study and exercise in the techniques of effective stage speech. Organic awareness used to attain lively, flexible, and natural vocal abilities. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 24100 and THPA 24500. Prerequisites: THPA 14300. 1.5 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 24400 - Voice and Speech for the Stage NLA

Study and exercise in the techniques of effective stage speech. Organic awareness used to attain lively, flexible, and natural vocal abilities. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 24200 and THPA 24600. Prerequisites: THPA 14400. 1.5 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 24500 - Movement for the Stage NLA

Study and exercise in techniques of effective stage movement, utilizing organic awareness, flexibility, and imagination to develop stage presence and characterization skills. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 24100 and THPA 24300. Prerequisites: THPA 14300. 1.5 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 24600 - Movement for the Stage NLA

Study and exercise in techniques of effective stage movement, utilizing organic awareness, flexibility, and imagination to develop stage presence and characterization skills. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 24200 and THPA 24400. Prerequisites: THPA 14400. 1.5 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 25000 - The Alexander Technique NLA

The Alexander technique is a mind-body learning process developed by F. M. Alexander, an Australian actor. Through discussion, self-awareness activities, selected readings, and gentle hands-on teaching, this course explores his ideas for increasing kinesthetic awareness as a skill for improving ease and freedom of movement for the performer and non-performer alike. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 2 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 25100 - Jazz Dance II FA LA
THPA 25200 - Jazz Dance II FA LA

Continued work in analysis and practice of jazz dance for theater performance. Further develops skills begun in THPA 15100-15200. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor. Prerequisites: THPA 15100-15200. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 25300 - Ballet II FA LA

Continuation of ballet training. Building of strength through flexibility and coordination. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor, for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisites: THPA 15300, THPA 15400 or placement in class. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 25400 - Ballet II FA LA

Continuation of ballet training. Building of strength through flexibility and coordination. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor, for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisites: THPA 15300, THPA 15400, or placement in class. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 25500 - Modern Dance II FA LA
THPA 25600 - Modern Dance II FA LA

Intermediate level of dance skills, designed to broaden the student's awareness of selected styles and techniques included in the modern dance idiom. May be repeated once on recommendation of instructor. Prerequisites: THPA 15500, THPA 15600. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 28300 - Stage Management NLA

Practical review and development of the management skills, operational techniques, and practices of stage management, from pre-rehearsal through postproduction. Prerequisites: THPA 10100 or THPA 10200; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (F,O)

THPA 28400 - Promotion and Publicity for the Performing Arts NLA

The study of marketing and publicity strategies, concepts, designs, and implementation plans used by performing arts organizations to attract and maintain a loyal customer base. Course will explore contemporary trends in bringing art and audiences together. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; THPA 16100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 29500 - Selected Topics: Theater 3B G H

Topics of current interest in theater, such as special problems in theater production, guest artist workshop, or contemporary developments in arts management. May be repeated for credit for topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in humanities and/or fine arts; appropriate lower-level theater courses that offer introductory or general information on the subject. 1-3 credits.

THPA 29501 - Selected Topics: Theater 3B G H NLA
THPA 29502 - Selected Topics: Theater Arts 3B G H NLA

THPA 29600 - Selected Topics: Theater

Topics of current interest in theater, such as special problems in theater production, guest artist workshop, or contemporary developments in arts management. May be repeated for credit for topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Three courses in humanities and/or fine arts; appropriate lower-level theater courses that offer introductory or general information on the subject. 1-3 credits.

THPA 30101 - Technical Direction NLA

An advanced study of the theory and practice of technical direction for the theater, involving scenery building techniques and technical specifications, construction drafting, budget and time analysis, and management techniques. Prerequisites: THPA 20100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 30600 - Sound Technology NLA

A study of the tools and techniques of audio in theatrical production. Through theory and practical experience, the course examines the acoustic and electrical basis of audio technology, and teaches the structure of audio systems and the practical use of audio equipment and computerized control systems in theatrical technology. Prerequisites: THPA 11500 and two courses in Theatre Arts, or TVR 10100 and TVR 27100, or MUMC 14500 and either MUMC 24800 or MUMC 25000.
3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 30700 - Sound Design FA LA

The art of sound applied to the creative enhancement of the dramatic environment. The course focuses on the design process and on the way in which sound can communicate the ideas of the play and director to an audience. Prerequisites: THPA 11200, THPA 11500, and THPA 16100 or TVR 27100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 31500 - Advanced Lighting Design FA LA

An advanced study of the art of lighting design. Interpretation of dramatic works in a visual form is the focus of this class in examining more advanced and varied forms of drama than in THPA 21500 Lighting Design. Prerequisites: THPA 21500. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 31700 - Advanced Scene Design FA LA

A continuation of design ideas and processes begun in THPA 21700 Scene Design, examining more advanced and varied forms of drama. Interpretation of dramatic works in a visual form remains the focus of the class. Prerequisites: THPA 21700. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 32100 - Advanced Costume Construction NLA

An advanced study of the techniques used in costume construction, including patterning, draping, pattern drafting, and tailoring/sewing skills. Prerequisites: THPA 22100. 3 credits. (F,E)

THPA 32400 - Advanced Costume Design FA LA

An advanced study of the art of costume design, including script analysis, historical research, character analysis, and rendering methodologies. The interpretation of dramatic works is the primary focus, covering a wide variety of dramatic forms and styles. Prerequisites: THPA 22400. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 32500 - History of Costume and Decor 3B FA G H LA

This course analyzes the aesthetics of various cultures and institutions as reflected in the apparel and objects of daily life. Also examined are the cultural influences (religious, political, economic, etc.) on those aesthetics. Prerequisites: Three level-2 (or above) courses in the fine arts or humanities. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 32600 - History of Costume and Decor 3B FA G H LA

This course analyzes the aesthetics of various cultures and institutions as reflected in the apparel and objects of daily life. Also examined are the cultural influences (religious, political, economic, etc.) on those aesthetics. Prerequisites: Three level-2 (or above) courses in the fine arts or humanities. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 33100 - Theater Workshop FA LA
THPA 33200 - Theater Workshop FA LA

Performance-oriented ensemble under a supervising professor specializing in a particular type of theater, such as music theater, Shakespeare, mime, or story theater. No two workshops may be taken concurrently. May be repeated for total of 8 credits concentrated in one type of workshop or distributed among several. Prerequisites: Audition required. 2 credits. (IRR)

THPA 34100 - Styles of Acting I NLA

Study and practice of acting technique appropriate to performing Greek tragedy and
Shakespeare. Prerequisites: THPA-24200. 3 credits (F, Y)

THPA 34200 - Styles of Acting II NLA

Study and practice of acting technique appropriate to performing farce and comedy of manners.
Prerequisite: THPA-24200. Also offered through the London Center. 3 credits. (S, Y)

THPA 34300 - Advanced Voice and Speech for the Stage NLA

Advanced and specialized studies in voice production, speech sounds, and articulation. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 34100. Prerequisites: THPA 24300-24400; THPA 24500-24600. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 34400 - Dialects for the Stage NLA

Study of dialects as a tool for characterization. Must be taken concurrently with THPA 34200. Prerequisites: THPA 34300. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 34500 - Musical Theater Workshop FA LA
THPA 34600 - Musical Theater Workshop FA LA

A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical and theater performance skills through the selection, development, and presentation of scenes from musicals. Also listed as MUMC 44500; music students must enroll in MUMC 44500. Prerequisites: Admission by audition to faculty at first meeting of each semester. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 34700 - Opera Workshop FA LA
THPA 34800 - Opera Workshop FA LA

A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical and theater performance skills through the development and presentation of scenes from the standard and contemporary operatic repertoire. Also listed as MUMC 44700; music students must enroll in MUMC 44700. Prerequisites: Junior standing; audition required. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 35100 - Dance for the Musical Stage FA LA
THPA 35200 - Dance for the Musical Stage FA LA

Advanced course in dance performance techniques and styles and in the history of the musical stage. Movement studies are performed to familiarize students with a variety of musical theater dance styles from selected historical periods. Prerequisites: Beginning jazz and tap courses. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 35300 - Ballet III NLA

Technique course for those who have completed Ballet I and II, or equivalent, and are prepared for more complicated ballet movements. Pointe work last half-hour of class period with permission of instructor. Emphasis is placed on dance as a means of expression. Prerequisites: THPA 25300; THPA 25400. Technique: Two credits; may be repeated, with recommendation of instructor, for a total of 4 credits. Technique and pointe: Two and a half credits; may be repeated, with recommendation of instructor, for a total of 5 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 35400 - Ballet III NLA

Technique course for those who have completed Ballet I and II, or equivalent, and are prepared for more complicated ballet movements. Pointe work last half-hour of class period with permission of instructor. Emphasis is placed on dance as a means of expression. Prerequisites: THPA 25300; THPA 25400. Technique: 2 credits; may be repeated, with recommendation of instructor, for a total of 4 credits. Technique and pointe: 2.5 credits; may be repeated, with recommendation of instructor, for a total of 5 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 35500 - Dance Composition FA LA

Introduction to dance composition theory through original movement studies composed by the students. Explores concepts of movement design in time and space, as well as dynamics, rhythm, and motivation. Prerequisites: Two years of dance technique, one of which must include modern dance. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 35800 - Survey of Dance History 3B G H HU LA

Examines origins and development of dance in Western civilization, considering the artistic, political, philosophical, religious, and social forces that influenced the art form. Prerequisites: Junior-level standing or three courses in the humanities or fine arts. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 36100 - History of the Theater 3B G H HU LA

Evolution of drama and the theater from its primitive beginning through later developments in Greece, Rome, and medieval and Elizabethan England to modern drama. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 36200 - History of the Theater 3B G H HU LA

Evolution of drama and the theater from its primitive beginning through later developments in Greece, Rome, and medieval and Elizabethan England to modern drama. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 36300 - Drama and the London Theater 3B FA G H LA

Study of drama and performance involving current productions on the London stage. Critical analysis of the texts prior to performance. The course may be repeated once for credit. Offered only through the London Center. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 36400 - Aesthetics and Criticism of Drama HU LA

Survey of major critical and aesthetic theories of drama, from the classic to the contemporary theater, applied to representative dramatic compositions. Students prepare and present written assignments. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 36500 - Playwriting FA LA

Preparation of a one-act play from germinal idea to completed script. Analysis of dramaturgical theory and technique, including plot, characterization, and dialogue. Prerequisites: THPA 16000 or THPA 16100; at least three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 36700 - Interrelationships: British Drama and Culture Life 3B G HU LA

This course is divided into two units, which must be taken concurrently. Seminar: Lectures and workshops on British cultural history reflected in the drama of four major periods: (1) Renaissance; (2) Restoration and 18th century; (3) Victorian and Edwardian; and (4) 20th century. 6 credits. Laboratory: Play attendance, guided on-site tours of historic museums and buildings, backstage tours, class readings and discussions, guest speakers, and a journal recording experiences. 3 credits. Offered only through the London Center. Open to all drama program students, but not required. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. 9 total credits. (S,Y)

THPA 37100 - Directing I 3B FA LA

Fundamentals of directing; class work in composition, picturization, movement, tempo, mood; rehearsal procedures; and play selection and interpretation. Prerequisites: THPA 16100 or THPA 16000 and THPA 13100 or THPA 14100 and Sophomore Standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 37200 - Directing II FA LA

Laboratory experience in directing scenes; study of directing theories. Prerequisites: THPA 37100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 37300 - Introduction to Directing FA LA

Study of the basic principles and problems involved in directing plays and musicals, including those peculiar to amateur productions. Offered either block I or block II, fall semester. For non-theater majors; recommended for speech communication and music education majors. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities, music, or communications; junior standing. 2 credits. (IRR)

THPA 38100 - Theater Organization and Management NLA

Survey of the organization and management of professional and amateur theatrical companies. Studies and compares Broadway, stock, community, and college theaters. Students do practical assignments in box-office, house, and publicity management. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities and/or fine arts. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 38500 - Fund-Raising for the Performing Arts NLA

Examines the concepts, tools, and current environment of philanthropy as it pertains to the nonprofit performing arts industry. Explores individual, corporate, foundation, and government giving trends and the methods used to solicit support for the performing arts, including case statements, proposal writing, direct mail, special events, and the Internet. Prerequisites: Junior standing; THPA 38100. 3 credits. (F,E)

THPA 38600 - Producing Theater NLA

Examines the role of the producer in commercial and nonprofit theater productions in the United States. Follows current trends in producing Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater and explores the industry's unions and trade associations. Prerequisites: Junior standing; THPA 38100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 40100 - Seminar in Technical Production NLA

Problems and organization of the technical aspects of production and a survey of related materials used in the theater. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; senior standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 40200 - Senior Project in Technical Production NLA

The capstone experience for B.F.A. theatrical production arts majors with a technical concentration. Students function as supervisors of a technical area for a major production. Prerequisites: THPA 40100; B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; senior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 40700 - Advanced Project in Sound Design NLA

An opportunity for advanced students to pursue a major project in sound design or technology. Skills and techniques learned in THPA 30600 and THPA 30700 are applied to projects in sound design, reinforcement system design, or show control, usually in conjunction with departmental productions. Prerequisites: THPA 20000; THPA 30700; B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; junior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 40800 - Senior Project in Sound Design NLA

The capstone experience for qualified theatrical production arts majors. Students undertake creation of sound designs for a significant departmental production under the direct supervision of that area's faculty specialist. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; senior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 41500 - Advanced Project in Lighting Design NLA

Students undertake creation of lighting design elements for a departmental production. Prerequisites: THPA 20000; THPA 31500; B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; junior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 41600 - Senior Project in Lighting Design NLA

The capstone experience for qualified theatrical production arts majors. Students undertake creation of lighting designs for a significant departmental production under the direct supervision of that area's faculty specialist. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; senior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 41700 - Advanced Project in Scene Design NLA

Students undertake creation of scenic design elements for a departmental production. Prerequisites: THPA 20000; THPA 31700; junior standing in the theatrical production arts major; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 41800 - Senior Project in Scene Design NLA

The capstone experience for qualified theatrical production arts majors. Students undertake creation of scenic designs for a significant departmental production under the direct supervision of that area's faculty specialist. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; senior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 42400 - Advanced Project in Costume Design NLA

Students undertake creation of costume design elements for a departmental production. Prerequisites: THPA 20000; THPA 32400; B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; junior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 42500 - Senior Project in Costume Design NLA

The capstone experience for qualified theatrical production arts majors. Students undertake creation of costume designs for a significant departmental production under the direct supervision of that area's faculty specialist. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theatrical production arts major; senior standing; permission of the design/technical faculty. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 43100 - Theater Workshop FA LA
THPA 43200 - Theater Workshop FA LA

Performance-oriented ensemble under a supervising professor specializing in a particular type of theater, such as music theater, Shakespeare, mime, or story theater. No two workshops may be taken concurrently. May be repeated for total of 8 credits concentrated in one type of workshop or distributed among several. Prerequisites: Audition required. 2 credits. (IRR)

THPA 44000 - Audition Techniques NLA

Training and practice in selecting, preparing, and presenting audition monologues, and in cold reading and personal interview techniques. Prerequisites: THPA 34100-34200 (may be taken concurrently). 2 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 44100 - Television Acting NLA

Designed to teach stage-oriented actors how to adapt to television techniques. Students perform in the television studio under the direction of faculty in theater arts and television. Prerequisites: THPA 34100-34200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 44200 - Daytime TV Drama NLA

Rehearsal and performance of several scenes of drama to be directed by a professional guest director. Open to acting, musical theater, and television-radio majors. Prerequisites for theater majors: THPA 44100. Prerequisites for television-radio majors: TVR 20200; senior standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 44500 - Musical Theater Workshop FA LA
THPA 44600 - Musical Theater Workshop FA LA

A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical and theater performance skills through the selection, development, and presentation of scenes from musicals. Also listed as MUMC 44500; music students must enroll in MUMC 44500. Prerequisites: Admission by audition to faculty at first meeting of each semester. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 44700 - Opera Workshop FA LA
THPA 44800 - Opera Workshop FA LA

A team-taught, interdisciplinary, performance-oriented course designed to integrate musical and theater performance skills through the development and presentation of scenes from the standard and contemporary operatic repertoire. Also listed as MUMC 44700; music students must enroll in MUMC 44700. Prerequisites: Junior standing; audition required. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 45300 - Ballet IV NLA
THPA 45400 - Ballet IV NLA

Continues to develop the strength and control necessary for the ever-increasing demands of a good ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on individual expression through dance. Prerequisites: THPA 35300, THPA 35400, or permission of instructor. Ballet technique: Two credits; may be repeated, with recommendation of instructor, for a total of 4 credits. Ballet technique and pointe: Two and a half credits; may be repeated, with recommendation of instructor, for a total of 5 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 46100 - Contemporary Developments in Theater HU LA

Study of the history of dramatic art from 1950 to the present, including movements in dramatic literature, theory, and production. Prerequisites: THPA 36100; THPA 36200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 46400 - Theories of Comedy and Tragedy HU LA

Study of comic and tragic theory, from classical to contemporary periods, applied to major types and styles of dramatic composition. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 46500 - Advanced Playwriting FA LA

Writing of a full-length play. Class discussion and analysis of student writing, supplemented by individual conferences with instructor. Prerequisites: THPA 36500; junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

THPA 46800 - Senior Seminar HU LA

Students do appropriate historical, cultural, and/or literary research on selected topics. Prerequisites: THPA 16000 or THPA 16100; THPA 36100 or THPA 36200; ENGL 31100 or ENGL 31200; senior standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 47000 - Senior Project in Directing NLA

Senior theater arts majors select and rehearse a one-hour production performed for an audience under studio performance conditions. Prerequisites: THPA 37100; THPA 37200 or equivalent experience; B.F.A. theater arts major; senior standing; approval of departmental chair and curriculum committee. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 47200 - Senior Ensemble NLA

Preparation and/or presentation of a broad repertoire of projects through special workshops and field studies. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theater arts major; senior standing; audition and/or interview. 0.0-1.0 credits. (S,Y)

THPA 48000 - Senior Project in Theater Arts Management NLA

Qualified senior students undertake a major theater management assignment under the supervision of a faculty specialist. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the theater arts management program; permission of the program coordinator. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 48100 - Professional Aspects of Theater NLA

Advanced course designed for those intending to enter the professional theater. Special projects in the study of current plays and in the preparation of interviews, résumés, portfolios, and auditions. Prerequisites: THPA 38100. Prerequisites: B.F.A. theater arts major; senior standing. 2 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 49000 - Theater Projects NLA
THPA 49001 - Theater Projects NLA

Independent pursuit of applied production projects. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; by special permission of departmental curriculum committee. 1-4 credits. (F-S,Y)

THPA 49100 - Professional Internship Theater NLA
THPA 49200 - Professional Internship Theater NLA

A one-semester internship with a professional performing arts organization. Student's work is monitored and evaluated by faculty adviser. Also offered through the London Center. Prerequisites: Junior standing; departmental permission. Maximum of 12 credits. (F,Y)

THPA 49500 - Special Topics: Theater LA
THPA 49501 - Selected Topics: Theater
THPA 49502 - Selected Topics in Theater Arts LA
THPA 49600 - Special Topics: Theater NLA

Topics of current interest in theater, such as special problems in theater production, guest artist workshop, contemporary developments in arts management. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Three courses in humanities and/or fine arts; additional prerequisites as appropriate to the topic. 1-3 credits.

THPA 49900 - Independent Study: Theater LA

Special reading and research under the supervision of the department. Also offered through the London Center. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; special permission of departmental curriculum committee. 1-4 credits. (F-S,Y)